Why your circuit breaker keeps tripping


In many houses – particularly older ones – breakers can sometimes trip to the point of sheer annoyance. Putting on the dishwasher? Boom, there goes the light. Turn on the air conditioning? Bye-bye power.

It’s frustrating for sure, but there are some things you can do to make sure this isn’t happening as much and more importantly – isn’t hiding a more serious problem in your system.

Why do breakers trip?

So we’re going start off with the basics, here. Breaker trips monitor specific circuits or sets of circuits in your home. They police the amount of electricity flowing to and from your lights. When too much comes through or it exceeds the usage limitations on a particular device – it shuts off to save your system. Pretty simple stuff, really.

What usually causes trips?

Appliance use – Each breaker in your home is set to administer a specific amount of electrical current. When that’s exceeded, the breaker trips and shuts off. Appliances, TV’s and even some more mobile appliances like Vacuums can trip breakers unexpectedly because of their newer, more modern power needs. Be mindful of just how much you have plugged into the wall and where.

Worn out breakers – Some breakers – after a lot of use – can get worn out. Like anything in your life, breakers have a shelf life and will eventually break as they get older. Frequent breaker trips are a sure fire sign that your breakers may be worn down – and it’s a good idea to call a pro. Believe it or not, this is a super simple, affordable fix to make so long as you’ve got an electrician around.

Storms –We’ve had our fair share this year – big and small – and storms can certainly trip breakers and sometimes damage them. Simply put – just for safety’s sake – we recommend looking into a whole-home surge protection system just to avoid this very situation. It’ll not only keep your home safe, but many of the important appliances and devices within it that play such a vital role in your life each and every day.

Lousy wiring – The cause of just about every other problem we face, lousy wiring can be a suck hole for money. This can include old and worn out wires that no longer work, newer writing that wasn’t configured properly by a professional – or weak/non-traditional configurations… long story, short – bad wiring can cause a lot of issues. If you’re having issues with the breaker tripping, then get on it and call a pro. This could be a problem that spreads far beyond the breaker box.

If you’re experiencing this issue and tired of the headaches it creates, then give us a call and we can come and take look. Good luck!